Details for Grand Haven Municipal Marina

Grand Haven Municipal Marina

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 37 reviews

Address 101 N. Harbor Drive
Grand Haven, MI 49417


After hours contact

The office is open 8 am - 8 pm. Marina Supervisor (Char Seise) - 616-847-4889. City Manager, Pat McGinnis 616-847-4888, and Harbor Master, Chief Jeff Hawke 616-842-3460.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO


The Grand Haven Municipal Marina is also responsible for registering seawall boating guests. If you plan to overnight on the seawall, please register with the marina office and pay the $10.00 mooring fee. There is limited access to electricity for $10.00
Daytime use of the seawall is free and on a first come, first served basis.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Char Seise


Chief Jeff Hawke


Kari Samuelson and Christi Suchecki

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


It's an easy and direct approach from the breakwater on Lake Michigan.





Tide & current additional info

Lake Michigan inlets are subject to surge but no tide. In many conditions, incoming water and passing boats create a very uncomfortable rocking condition.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: High fixed docks with constant rolling action on the west end since the slips are perpendicular to all current and wakes. Floating docks are around the corner and are limited to smaller boats.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 54
Total: 70
Transient price: $1.33/ft (2016-09-21)

Other price info: Prices vary slightly by boat size. See the Michigan DNR reservation site for specific pricing:

32 foot boat paid $42 per night, 2016.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - East end of the marina at floating docks.

Liveaboard info

No - Limited to 7 days continous stay.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - As long as you can get onto the tall fixed piers, the rest of the facility is handicap accessable as is the town.

Launch service


Pump out











Yes - One dryer, one washer.


Yes - Lucy's Market is within walking distance, with on demand public transportation available through Harbor Transit. There are several stores within the City that can be accessed.
The local farmer's market is right under the Chinook Pier Canopy, within walking distance of the marina.
Mini-golf is by the fish cleaning station and charter boats.
Several great eateries and coffee shops within walking distance of the marina.
Fabulous downtown that boasts a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars to visit.




Yes - Several within walking distance.


Yes - Within walking distance.

Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

No - Not at the marina, but marina staff is knowledgeable of other services and could make a recommendation and provide contact information to assist in repairs.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Yes - On site.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Narrated Trolley and Harbor Transit

Sun Sport Rentals rents bikes and kayaks.
301 N Harbor Dr
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Other services

Knowledgeable staff can make recommendations for various restaurants and bars and provide information on special events going on about town.


Right across the harbor is the world's largest automated (computer) musical fountian. Shows take place at dark (weekends only off season).

Reviews for Grand Haven Municipal Marina
New Dock Master!, 2017-09-14
Captain: , Ocala FL (607)

I was very hesitant to come here after reading the prior posts, but, I am glad we did!
The new Dockmaster, Kari, has been on the job since the beginning of the year and improving customer service has been her number one job.
Well, she's succeeding nicely! The phone was answered (after 3 tries) and the radio call upon our approach was imedeately answered. She and another staffer were there to take our lines. She even apologized for the duck droppings on the dock and came back quickly with a broom and brushed and rinsed them off.
Most impressive to us, with a 16 foot beam and having been squeezed into a 17 foot beam finger pier for the past several marinas, was she changed our slip from the oringinal one she gave us an hour earlier to the current one which was "more appropriate for your beam"!
If you can get off your boat to the (tall) fixed piers, the rest of the facility and the town are VERY handicap accessable! The Mmen's room has a handicap shower stall with a seat, as well as 3 additional showers. Older tile, but pretty clean considering the Michigan mosquitoes are in full rampage.
It is still a "rocking" dockage, but that is out of their control and up to mother nature.
For our 37 ft vessel, we paid $51 per night with 50 amp service.
Laundry is now 2$ per load, honor system.

Free Wall Grand Haven, 2017-09-05
Captain: , Fort Myers (20)

The free wall costs $10/ night. Dockmaster says since 2005, but is only recently being enforced. The light show/musical fountain was great. Electric x 2, but the one we tried wasn't working.

Great Experience and under new management, 2017-09-01
Captain: , Smithville, TN (40)

I was hesitant to stay here based on a couple of older posts but glad we did. Benjamin greeted us at the dock for some help with the lines. Kari then put together a packet of information for us. Bathrooms were clean and laundry only $2.00 a load. Would stay here again!

amusing stop, 2017-06-15
Captain: , Milwaukee (190)

We docked in slip 3 right across from the dancing fountains. It was a good place to spectate but the west wind beat us all night. We found the marina staff to be very helpful - maybe it's a new staff since some of the negative reviews from prior years... The town was cute with lots of restaurants and shops. No groceries nearby. The only fuel in town is at west wind marine and it's tight getting in and out. West wind appeared to be the best protected docking but the location is a bummer.

Nice place to stay, 2016-09-27
Captain: , Bedford, NH (775)

We arrived on Friday Sept. 2 for one night. Marina staff helpful. Was very windy and lots of boat traffic around the marina making it harder to get into the slip. Right in town. Light/Water/Music show very nice. Peaceful at night. Facilities for marina were nice. Would definitely stay here again.

Not the best, 2016-09-22
Captain: , Portage Lakes, OH (183)

No assistance when docking. No protection, and the boat rocked all night as the current/waves/wind off of Lake Michigan come right up the channel and into this unprotected marina. Bathrooms are terrible, was afraid to take a shower. Unfortunately was stuck here for 2 nights due to bad weather. Close to downtown, so had access to some great shops and restaurants.

Good town stop, marina okay., 2016-09-14
Captain: , Grand Rivers, Ky (2206)

8-25-16 Hard to reach anyone on the radio or phone, no assistance entering slip from marina staff, only fellow boaters. The town is a great place to visit, with an nice light/music show at night.

Visit the museums, 2016-09-10
Captain: , Baltimore (181)

Nice town. Long, but walkable trip to West Marine. Good free museums. Docks and showers in good shape. Waves from the lake can rock the boat. Helpful staff.

Nice town to visit, 2016-08-13
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (3189)

Downtown area a short walk from marina. No close by grocery:( Places to dine nearby. Water show across from marina nice attraction. Staff OK but not real good about actually being around during posted hours of operation. They actually closed hours before closing time three of the nights we stayed. Rest rooms for slips 30 and up newer, nicer, & no wakes than ones for slips 1-29. Parks nearby and nice walking around. Lots of ice cream on long walk to beach and lighthouse.

Tourist Beach Town, 2015-09-05
Captain: , Racine, WI (371)

We stayed here for two nights in the middle of August, great access to the town, dock hands helped us land, piers are quite long with the pedestals on the pier. The fountain light show each night is very entertaining. Lots of river traffic all day long with a continual line of boats passing by at no wake speed all day Sunday. We were in slip 5 close to the amphitheater seating and noticed some rocking with a light to moderate west wind, heavy west winds would be very difficult.

Great town and location, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Portage, IN (50)

Bigger slips are across from the fountain, 30ft or less are down around the corner. They let me squeeze into a small slip. Much less foot traffic by the boat but still downtown and in the action. 2 mile walk along the boardwalk to the light house, very boater friendly town! WiFi will only work near the marina office, if your down around the corner don't count on getting any signal. Staff doesn't leave the office, but it didn't bother me. Nice clean docks and the location cannot be beat. We will be back!

Great town, poor marina experience, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Holland, Mi (10)

Grand Haven Municipal Marina is right at the base of the downtown area. There are restaurants, bars, coffee shops and apparel shops within easy walking distance. The city of Grand Haven gets 5 stars. The marina gets 1 star simply for the fact they are extremely expensive and the staff is rude. The harbor master is antisocial. No one offered any assistance upon arrival. 5 people including the harbor master were sitting in the office when I arrived. When asked about the high cost, $66.00 for a 27 foot boat, the harbor master just sneered and a young employee said they do "range pricing" now. So anything from 8' to 35' is the same price. The facilities are nice and the grounds are beautiful. The docks are in good shape and there is plenty of room in the river to maneuver your boat. There is some noise from the power plant a short distance up river. There are entertainment venues and snack shops very close to the docks. The musical fountain is just across the river and provides a nice nightly show.

We love Grand Haven, 2014-09-10
Captain: , WAUKEGAN (10)

We have have good experience with the staff. We have stayed there many times. This last time it was bowing hard so we need help getting out and they were great

Grand Haven Municipal Marina - August 29, 2014, 2014-08-29
Captain: , little current (272)

The only interaction we have had with the staff here is over the phone. I reserved and paid by phone. Nobody offered to help us in or even said hello. Staff are anchored to their desk in their cozy building. It is unfortunate as others have said...a beautiful town with a marina with 1out of 10 customer service. Fixed high docks with pilings between boats. You need the pilings to counter the swells that make it in from the lake.

Nice place to stop, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

Unlike Jeff & Karens experiance, we had no problem contacting the marina by radio or by phone. The kids working here were fast to respond to docking help requests. Many restaurants nearby. The trolley service not only does the tour around the waterfront but for .75 you can call and be picked up by a small bus and taken anywhere in the area. We went to Meirs for lots of groceries. I recommend Tip-a-Few for great Mexican wet burritos. The brew pub in the old piano factory is also excellant.

The nicest town to ever receive a 1-star review, 2013-09-14
Captain: , MV Red Head (3106)

Grand Haven is one of the nicer towns we have visited on Lake Michigan. It's not another street lined with t-shirt and fudge shops. There's a variety of very nice stores and restaurants and a really good bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company. We were here during the Salmon Festival and Saturday's farmer's market (which is excellent). The lighted fountain with music was interesting. It's a 5 star town.

Unfortunately, our visit was marred by the worst encounter we have had with a dockmaster in 11 years of cruising.

We had left Frankfort early the day before so we could press on and anchor in White Lake making our day into Grand Haven 30 miles shorter. NOAA was predicting dire conditions on the lake for the next day beginning in the afternoon. We wanted to be safely in by morning should their predictions prove true. The winds did increase as the morning progressed and videos surfaced showing waterspouts on the lake. We were happy to see the breakwater in site sometime before 11 am as we watched the storm getting worse about an hour behind us.

Jeff called on 16 to announce our approach and to get docking instructions so I could prepare the lines. No answer. He tried high power again on 16, 09, and 10. No answer. Not good form but not unheard of so I dialed the phone number and got an answering machine. Long story, short, for 25 minutes we repeatedly called on the radio and phone with no response. By now we were circling in front of what we thought was the marina while the wind was blowing. I finally saw an older man approaching the marina who had that look of being a dockmaster. He looked at our boat circling but instead of coming down the dock to give instructions or going straight to the office to get to the radio, he wandered around behind the building for a bit and then entered the office. I called on the phone again and finally got an answer.

"My name is Karen Siegel and we have a reservation for tonight. We've be calling on the radio and telephone for 20 minutes looking for docking instructions," I complained.

"What's your boat name?" No apology.

I gave it and he responded, "You're in slip 5."

I asked the reasonable and necessary question, "Going bow in is that a port or starboard tie?" He responded, clearly miffed, "The slip is right in front of you." Implying that rather than answering my question, he wanted me to figure it out for myself. Taking out the binoculars I spotted the slip and replied, "So that's a port tie right?" No response. "Will you be there to help with lines?" "I'll be down in a minute."

As we approached the slip I saw the man I had seen earlier and another younger man who I later found out didn't work at the marina but was another boater who had come to help. We were lucky he did. I handed the spring to the younger man who tied it off and the stern to the dockmaster and went to the bow where the boater was waiting to take the bow line when I heard Jeff say, "Is he just walking off?" I looked up to see the dockmaster walking off the dock. He apparently heard Jeff as well. He turned on the bulkhead and yelled, "No complaints." He then walked back down the dock and yelled at me, "This is a no complaint marina" along with something else which I didn't hear as I turned to deal with the dogs. When I looked up he was stomping off for the office.

Excuse me, but I had paid over $300 dollars to stay in this marina. I'm pretty sure that makes me a customer and perfectly within my right to complain when I receive lousy service. A quality business wants to hear their customers' complaints so they can better serve them.

I would have given them 2 stars from this experience. But Jeff managed to meet with the dockmaster's boss, Sandy Katt, who's sole objective was to explain that the dockmaster was overworked and had too many things to do to be in the office to answer the phone or listen to the radio. At Jeff's suggestion that he carry a handheld radio, well, that just might interrupt him when he was doing something else. It is clear the problems at this marina run deep.

Someone needs to explain to Grand Haven that they are in the service industry. That boaters coming into their marina are their customers. And that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that is more important than responding to boaters coming into the harbor to direct them safely to the marina and into a slip. And that the job is not done until the boat is securely tied and they have confirmed this with the boater. Would a restaurant not seat a customer because they had onions to chop? Would a retail store not ring in a purchase because they were organizing the racks?

Grand Haven is a town worth visiting. It is nicer than most we saw. But you can see it all in a day and there's a free town wall next door. There are no services but then why pay money to the municipal marina when they're not interested in offering service either.

Front row seats, 2013-08-26
Captain: , Britt, Ontario, Canada (184)

Musical fountain out your windows. New facility with nicely manicured grounds. Easy walk to shops and resturants. Surge can be strong when lake is rolling.

Nice town and marina, 2013-02-06
Captain: , Lakeside Yacht Club (250)

Walk across the street to restaurants and shopping. Very nice town. Lots to do and see here.

Nice Stop - Close to town, 2012-10-20
Captain: , Detroit (767)

The musical fountain is not to be missed. Great location to town with restaurants and shops. Staff was basically non-existent other than registering us. If there is a strong wind from a westerly quadrant, there will be a bit of surge through the first group of slips in the marina.

A must stop, 2012-04-05
Captain: , indiana (331)

Everyone must stay at least one night to watch the Musical Fountain. Helpful staff and close to town.

Grand Haven Marina, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Lake City, MN (517)

Good location, alot of water movement, great access to downtown. No fuel or mechanical service on property, but some close by. Showers were OK.

Light show worth the stop., 2011-08-30
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

Clean showers / restroom right in front of dock. Light show behind you. Short walk to town with restuarants. Did not find close grocery store.

Great town!, 2011-08-28
Captain: , Westport,Ma (710)

Loved the musical fountain shopping on waterfront and a short walk into town nice shops and a few resturants. we could only stay 1 night because they were booked up but would of stayed longer if a slip was available.

4 stars only because of the surge into the marina alot of rocking side to side all night.

Location is wonderful, but extreme rolling motion is terrible, 2011-08-25
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Watch the musical water from your boat. Close to farmer's market and any event planned for downtown. Walk to everthing a small city has except a grocery. Even in good weather the slips at West end are unbearable with the side to side rolling action. Stay at East end if possible. Take trolley tour for area history.

Nice but really rolly, 2011-08-25
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Grand Haven is a nice town, and of course you have to see the water and light show. Downtown is across the street with lots of restaurants and shops. All of that would make it a 5 star, but the fact that the waves come in the inlet and rock and roll all the boats tied into this marina, makes it a 2. I thought we were going to pull out the cleats on the boat. The surge and rocking is strong.

Good marina, 2011-08-17
Captain: , Warsaw, Ky (875)

Good stop. Great seats for the nightly water/light show.

Helpful staff.

Nice town with good shopping. Museums are closed on Mondays.

Marina good. Overall experience is great, 2011-08-10
Captain: , Detroit (720)

Nice low docks, good bathrooms and dock workers. Best part is being right down in the action of town, near the boardwalk and beach.

Grand Haven Municipal, 2011-03-09
Captain: , Macataw, MI (435)

Great fun spot with light show and music entertainment off the back of your boat most evenings. Dozens of restaurants to choose from and lots of great entertainment within a few walking blocks. Clean facilities.

fun with lots of action, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Grand Haven (100)

wonderful marina, right next to down town, always something going on weekends, great place to find a good reseraunt, people watch or just relax

A must stop on Lake on Lake Michigan, 2011-01-05
Captain: , Grand Haven, MI (138)

Dockage right downtown many places to dine and shop, every weekend is a special event in the summer. check
Coast Guard Festival's are a must see

Enjoyed out stay there very much., 2010-09-04
Captain: , Collierville TN (977)

Right down town. Good showers and docks. Directly across from the nightly dancing fountains show.

Grand Haven Municipal, 2010-08-29
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Nice marina right in downtown. Weekends you get a little motion from the boat traffic, but nothing too bad.

There aren't a ton of slips and it is popular.

G.Haven Muni, 2010-07-22
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (167)

Visited the marina in early May when boat traffic on the river was minimal and plenty of slips were available. Great spot to take in down town Grand Haven and the dancing fountain at sunset. Rest rooms were large and clean. Docks were new and well maintained.

What a gem, 2009-09-09
Captain: , placida,fl (330)

Picked up our mail here at the P.O. general delivery. Great service. Wonderful staff at the marina, $.50 trolley tour, largest musical fountain in the world with great show at 2100. We viewed it from our flybridge at the dock. Also is a bleacher available for viewing.Museum right at park ajacent to marina. Fab breakfast agt Morning star cafe.

Grand Haven Municipal Marina, 2009-07-01
Captain: , Howard Prairie (510)

Another nice marina, very close to town. Free laundry. Fuel just up from here at wharf marina. Grand Haven is a pretty town worth a visit

Grand Haven Municipal, 2009-06-07
Captain: , Clear Lake, TX (694)

Nice marina with nice restrooms & docks. Personnel were excellent helpers and marina is in town. We stayed there in September with an West wind he river was very active and the river waves bounced us up and down at the dock. Wind from other directions were OK.

Grand Haven Municipal, 2007-01-30
Captain: , Spring Lake Michigan (79)

This marina is in the process of building all new docks. It is within walking distance to many stores and resturants. A great place to spend a few days.

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